In a nutshell, one could sum up Joni Rogan, the education co-ordinator who served our charity for two years, as committed, reliable and accountable. That said, however true this description of Joni is, such brief description would only underplay the lengths Joni went to ensure that learning was accessible for all learners, a large number of whom were easily disengaged.
Hours into the role, Joni was combing through a plethora of literacy areas, and carefully examining materials that would bring lessons to life. She meticulously considered how learners would respond to relevant learning resources, and diligently scrutinised the effectiveness of academic outcomes with these materials. Before long, fellow staff and students alike were presented with a preview of what the forthcoming year had in store, alongside a guarantee of enjoyment from all lessons.
Over her time with us, Joni introduced classic children’s literature from Roald Dahl’s ‘Fantastic Mr Fox’, to more contemporary treats such as Jeff Kinney’s ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’. Through innovative techniques such as having learners dramatise notable moments in the case of Dahl’s work, or even personal diary writing in the case of the latter; Joni was very soon making great strides in her quest for buy-in and literacy engagement from the learners.
Interestingly, Joni’s versatility seamlessly extends to older learners too. She would take a lead on GCSE 1:1 tutoring, as well as a weekly book study for the elder students. Sourcing books such as Stephen Kelman’s ‘Pigeon English’, she astutely took the opportunity to generate mature conversations - in this instance, about language and identity - which proved extremely effective.
In truth, Joni’s ability to take learning off the page is uniquely exceptional, and the foregoing wasn’t the only case. For instance, some examples that spring to mind include Joni leading on a project with Amnesty International where our learners wrote letters to prisoners who were believed to be imprisoned under false grounds. Soon enough the learners were well-acquainted with real life issues, and, Joni even had them create an internal publication, where they got to exercise their writing further.
A commitment to all learners meant that every one of Joni’s lessons had a tailored differentiated plan for all learning groups. These were well-structured, and ensured that those who assisted with the various groups were easily able to guide their learners accordingly to points of achievement.
Truly, Joni’s expertise in transferring knowledge is clearly rooted in a desire to make learning accessible, enjoyable and relevant at every cost. In this regard, I have every faith that Joni would make a wonderful addition to Tutorfair, much in line with the ethos and value of the charity.